Is the word "Easter" in the King James Version a mistranslation?

"And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people." -- Acts 12:4, KJV

"So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover." -- Acts 12:4, New King James Version (NKJV)

Where does the word "Easter" come from?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Both Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul predicted that Christianity would be infiltrated by false teachings. (Matthew 13:24, 25, 36-40; 2 Timothy 4:3) After the death of Jesus’ apostles, the idea took root that it would be appropriate to hold a fast (now known as Lent), followed by a feast, at Passover season. Somehow this became thought of as a way to commemorate Christ’s resurrection.

    Easter’s ascendancy as a festival thus was not Bible based. In fact, scholars claim that the very word Easter is of Anglo-Saxon origin, referring to the springtime. During that season, the ancients thought the sun was reborn after months of winter death. Other terms for the festival, such as pâques or pasqua, are derived from the ancient Hebrew word pe′sach, or “passover.” Christendom argues that Easter replaces this Jewish festival. But this ignores the fact that Jesus replaced the Passover, not with Easter, but with his memorial supper.

    Historian Socrates therefore concluded: “It seems to me that the feast of Easter has been introduced into the church from some old usage, just as many other customs have been established.” The plethora of Easter traditions indeed comes from “some old usage”—the usage of idolatrous nations! Catholic priest Francis X. Weiser admitted: “Some of the popular traditions of Lent and Easter date back to ancient nature rites.” These rites of spring were originally designed to “frighten the demons of winter away.”

    Easter customs—eggs, bunnies, and bonfires—are therefore not cleansed by being practiced by Christians. Rather, they defile anyone practicing them.—Compare Haggai 2:12, 13.

    Admittedly, the sight of children scrambling for brightly colored eggs may seem “charming.” The same could be said for many Easter customs. But are they simply harmless fun? Said one Greek café owner: “I know that the egg—it is stupid; and the bunny—more stupid; and that we fast for 40 days before Easter—it’s stupid. But this adds a bit of spice to our life.”

    Easter sunrise services originated with sun worshipers. The New Encyclopædia Britannica explains that the hare was “the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt.” Thus when children hunt for Easter eggs, supposedly brought by the Easter rabbit, “this is not mere child’s play, but the vestige of a fertility rite.”—Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, volume 1, page 335.

    The challenge now to those who know the truth about Easter is whether they will act upon what they know or not.

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  • 9 years ago

    Yes, in Greek it's pascha, the Passover. Easter is a heathen term, derived from the Saxon goddess Eastre.

  • 9 years ago

    According to Barnes' notes on the Bible, this error began with Wycliffe's translation. There are several commentaries on this, all agreeing that it is a mistranslation. This page gives various translations of these verses, with parallel commentaries at the bottom.

  • 9 years ago

    yes, it's an intentional mistranslation. if you check the greek "originals" it's the same word that is consistently translated (transliterated actually) as passover. another quick check will show that it's only the KJV that does this - every other translation gets it right

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    You are probably right. Easter, at that time, was celebrated only by the pagans and named after a fertility goddess.

  • Not so much a mistranslation as a translation based upon the beliefs of the group doing the translation. Much the same as how the beliefs of the JW's result in biased word choice sometimes in the NWT.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago


    Jesus instituted Easter to replace Passover!!!

    The Bible writers created 2 distinct holidays, Passover and Easter. Passover is Jewish while Easter is Christian. Jesus instituted the Christian Easter Celebration totally different from Passover! It doesn’t have any connection with the Jewish Passover except that it is celebrated at about the same time.

    The Jewish PASSOVER is about God killing ALL the innocent firstborn children of Egyptian parents. The story took place on a spooky MIDNIGHT in which GOD’S ANGEL OF DEATH was “Passing over” without stopping at any Jewish home. God sent him to slaughter all the innocent Egyptian first born children not celebrating this “PASS-OVER.” The 2,000,000+ Israelites were supposed to be OPPRESSED SLAVES IN EGYPT, but they were celebrating this event roasting a lamb for dinner while their Egyptian masters were wailing not only the death of their firstborn children, but also the TOTAL DESTRUCTION SEVERAL TIMES OVER OF ALL OF THEIR LIVESTOCK.

    As soon as Israel invaded the Holy Land that was “Flowing with Milk and Honey,” they began to starve to death to the point that the Bible God forced them to eat their own children for dinner (Jer 19:9, Lam 4:10)! Christians are stuck with this primitive God! Fortunately they came up with the Trinity idea that allows them to pick a “sweeter” Jesus as the lesser of the 3 evils.

    The Christian EASTER celebration is the nailing of God the Son Jesus Christ to the Holy Roman Cross! Christianity is full of slaughtering! The first Christian Easter celebration was instituted by Jesus and a group of “MEN ONLY” who rejected ALL FAMILY TIES to follow him. The original Jewish Passover is celebrated in a family setting where the kid in the family is asking daddy at dinner, “why is this night so different from all the other nights?” And daddy would tell everybody at the table the “Exodus” story. Jesus' EASTER celebration is done at any time during the HOLY COMMUNION service and especially once a year during the Spring Season. It is TOTALLY UNRELATED TO THE JEWISH “PASSOVER” –when GOD’S DEATH ANGEL went about KILLING every first born child of Egyptian parents!

    Mark 10:28-30 (NIV) Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" "I TELL YOU THE TRUTH,"* (*no BULL CRAP this time!) Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions and in the age to come, eternal life (spiritually speaking, of course! In the meantime the Christian needs to be up to date paying their tithes and offerings to the Church Treasure! Only Christians in good standing go to Heaven when they die! –Acts 5:1-11).

    Jesus instituted the ritual of the Holy Communion in violation of a clear commandment of GOD ABOUT NOT DRINKING ANY BLOOD –Gen 9:4! The blood is to be poured to the ground before cooking the meat! Jesus had to recant his original statement about eating his flesh and drinking his blood saying that he was “spiritually speaking!” So the Bible writers have it that breaking any Law of God is OK as long as it is done to favor the newly forming Christian faith! The Bible rules are made as the Bible stories are being developed. In those days the “Word of God” was as close to any Priest as an inkpot and a piece of paper to the Bible writer!

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